We Are Canada

We Are Canada

Book - 2012
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We Are Canada is a short story of Canada that begins at the end of the last ice age and carries through to the present day. It is an 80 page history that challenges three Canadian myths: that the French were a conquered people, that the First Nations were innocent bystanders in the formation of the country and that Canada had only two founding peoples. According to Rikia Saddy, Canada has been multicultural from the start. An informative, easy read, We Are Canada will change the way the country is perceived.
Publisher: Vancouver : Read Leaf, c2012.
ISBN: 9781927018200
Characteristics: 78 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: McLellan, Cameron

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loljilydoe Apr 22, 2015

I liked this book because it was short, fast and sweet. Lots of information that you wouldn't get from the school textbooks because of the bias. This book showed a lot more of the opionions that are often ignored such as not only the natives but also the chinese and scottish immagrints for example. The illustrations were nice and all facts were kept straight to the point. If it were possible I'd totally sign a petition to get this as our national history textbook or even a mandetory read for history

MickyT_13 Apr 21, 2015

although it was a very short novel I felt like i got more out of it than our history textbook. It was able to explain a lot in very few words but with lots of detail.even though this book was made for intermediates i believe that anyone could and should read this book. unlike many other history texts, this one didnt have many biased opinions, it was written with an open mind which i believe is very important for history texts.

katylikeskats Apr 18, 2015

This was a short read that definitely had a strong message in the short amount of time! Rikia Saddy did a good job of portraying our history in a brief, peek into the past. I like how she made it very interesting, informative, yet it was never to over exaggerated, or run on. As well, I like how this was a book that was very poetic, and was a beautiful read, not only because of the pictures, but also because of the message of how Canada has come this far, and how we've learned our lessons, and not we've grown. I really enjoyed, how Saddy was able to connect back to her ancestors, who came a long time ago. It gave the book a realistic backdrop. I wish that she added more about the Aboriginals, and maybe more about the government being formed, but I felt like it was ok as-is because I think she wanted constitution to be sort of, an end goal. However, I think she definitely could have included more about the First Nations, because, I myself would have enjoyed reading about what the First Nations went through, and how they felt, because they "built Canada too". Overall, I liked the book, and I thought it was very well-worded, and written interestingly. Never lost my attention! I think that this is a great short read for anyone who doesn't want to read a very long book with so many details, but still wants to get the sense of how our nation was formed. I liked it!

P.S. Btw, Aztecatl13, I don't know if the school copy had this, but the one from the public library reported in the front leaf that there was a typo for "One is too many" versus "None is too many". None the less, I am not so sure this was a real typo (or actually on purpose), I just wanted to let you know, frypan!

Aztecatl13 Apr 14, 2015

I picked up this book mainly because I have an interest in Canadian history and heard that it was a book that attempted to sum up the entire country's history in less than 100 pages with a sentence per page. Though it is not detailed, it does a great job of trying to include all cultures who impacted Canada. Not only has the author done great research, they have also done some excellent critical thinking and this is shown by certain ideas that were written about in the book which really made you think deeply. For example, Rikia Saddy has tried to show how hard immigration is for most families, and why they chose to immigrate anyway. The concept introduced in this book which shocked me the most was how the author said that the ideas that first nations were conquered and the idea that they quietly faded away are both incorrect, at least in Canada. I always considered them to have been brutally conquered. However, this book explained how entire First Nations cultures reorganized themselves around the fur trade and began to compete with one another to provide furs for the Europeans. Nevertheless, what Canada and the United States have done to First Nations people is still genocide. But this book still takes away many misconceptions about it. It says that the First Nations of Canada saw what had happened in the United States and in order to prevent a bloodbath, they surrendered the land. Furthermore, the book presents us with how at one point, Canadians were actually AGAINST immigration *gasp * Even I could not believe it but it's true! The immigration policy was that "None is too many". But immigrants came anyway and Canadians were forced to react/adapt. Remember, if we could survive the arrival of the Irish we can survive anything :P omg the Irish spoke English but were Catholics, what a mess as the British here were English speakers but they were protestants and the French were Catholics but didn't speak English so where do the Irish fit in? Lol. My suggestion if you are interested in Canadian history is that you should read this book but don't stop at it as it is a very basic book that merely gives an outline of this country's colorful past. If Canadian history isn't your cup of tea though, you can read it anyway as it is extremely short but be warned that it is highly patriotic.

ariag Mar 15, 2015

Canadian history summed up in a short book you could read in 15 minutes! i learned so much from this book and i really am convinced that i dont know enough about canadian history!

extreme_fangirl Mar 12, 2015

This is a terrific book! It teaches the real history of Canada, not based off myths. All parts of Canadian history were included, good and bad. Some things it mentions are the French, the English, the First Nations, the fur trade, various wars, refugees, the railway and how fear almost destroyed us. Ultimately, "We Are Canada" shows how far Canada as a nation has come, how we conquered difficulties that stood in our path, until we became strong and united. This book comes filled with useful information like dates of important events and facts about Canada. I think this book should be read because we learn from our past, so now that we know our history, we should work to make sure the good things happen and the bad things never occur again.

In conclusion, "We are Canada" is great for teaching the readers the real history of Canada. It is a short but an interesting read.

ejaza Mar 06, 2015

A Excellent history book, Teaching us the REAL history that we NEED to LEARN

MERLEY WHEATON Jan 15, 2015

This (very) brief overview of Canada's history gives us an inspirational glimpse at what makes Canada the great country it is. Marked by a history of negotiating differences and learning from mistakes We Are Canada reminds us of what we have to be proud of as Canadians. Both a great introduction and a powerful reminder of our incredible past.

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MERLEY WHEATON Jan 15, 2015

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Aztecatl13 Apr 14, 2015

If Canada could survive the arrival of the Irish, it could survive anything.

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